April 23rd, 2015
Chunichi Dragons 3
Streak: Lost 1 Last 5: WWLWL
Arakaki had a surprisingly good start but he was no match for a seemingly recovered Kazuki Yoshimi.
|W: Yoshimi (2-0)
L: Arakaki (1-1)
S: Fukutani (4)
|1||Tetsuto Yamada (2B)||1||Yohei Oshima (CF)|
|2||Tsuyoshi Ueda (RF)||2||Kyohei Kamezawa (2B)|
|3||Shingo Kawabata (3B)||3||Ricardo Nanita (LF)|
|4||Yuhei (Takai) (CF)||4||Nobumasa Fukuda (1B)|
|5||Kazuhiro Hatakeyama (1B)||5||Anderson Hernandez (SS)|
|6||Ryosuke Morioka (SS)||6||Shuhei Takahashi (3B)|
|7||Hiroyasu Tanaka (LF)||7||Atsushi Fujii (RF)|
|8||Akihisa Nishida (C)||8||Masato Matsui (C)|
|9||Nagisa Arakaki (P)||9||Kazuki Yoshimi (P)|
Yoshimi has been pitching on 10 days rest for the Dragons since the beginning of the season. The Dragons have been cautious with their (former?) ace, as he recovers from right elbow injury. Yoshimi came into the game having thrown 13 innings of shutout ball, and he looked solid tonight showing great control and hitting his spots.
However, it was the Swallows who actually got the first chance of the game in the fourth inning. Kawabata lead off with a single and advanced to second on a hilariously wide wild pitch. Hatake hit the ball the other way and got a single and Kawabata went for home. Matsui had completely blocked the plate and Kawabata was called out despite not getting properly tagged.
Meanwhile Arakaki was getting by on junk ball pitching, falling behind and nibbling at the corners. The Dragons finally got to him in the bottom of the inning. Nanita lead off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a patented Arakaki wild pitch. Hernandez singled to put runners on the corners with a single, and Takahashi cashed the runners in with a hit that split the cavernous Nagoya Dome right field gap for a triple. 2-0 Dragons
But that was all Arakaki gave up and he managed to throw six innings on 100+ pitches, both firsts for Arakaki as a Swallow. Unfortunately the Swallows couldn’t get anything going against Yoshimi who racked up strikeouts even as he scattered some hits.
The Swallows handed the ball to Tokuyama in the seventh who gave up a run on a single to Kamezawa and a triple that managed to elude a shallow playing Yuhei by Fukuda. 3-0 Dragons
Yoshimi pitched 7 innings of shutout ball on 93 pitches, giving up 6 hits, getting 9 Ks, and giving up no walks. Okada came in and struck out the side in the eighth, and Fukutani came in to close out the game. After getting two quick outs to start the ninth. Fukutani gave up a opposite field liner to Hatake that just stayed fair and just managed to clear the right field fence for a solo homer. 3-1 Dragons But Morioka wasn’t able to stretch the chance against his former team and Fukutani got his save. 3-1 Dragons FINAL
- The Swallows-Dragons game tonight was the only NPB game played today.
- Despite the loss the Swallows are still at the top of the CL table with a 13-9 record, although they are tied with the Giants.
- Arakaki has uncorked at least one wild pitch in each of his four starts as a Swallow. Some in the Japanese Twitterverse refer to a wild pitche as an ARAKAKI.
- The Swallows announced that Coco Balentien will be joining the team starting tomorrow. Coco started 3 farm games and still looked a little gimpy. Balentien played two games as a DH, and one game in left field.
- The Swallows will attempt to take sole possession of first in the CL with a three game series against the Giants at Jingu starting tomorrow. Ogawa will pitch against Poreda in the opener.